February 24

2 Corinthians 3:12-16

“Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.” vss. 15-16

As a well-educated Jewish scholar Paul knew the scriptures well and had committed many sections to memory. In his letter to the Corinthians he refers to a mysterious passage from Exodus and, like any good preacher, interprets it in a way that gives insight to what they have experienced. He has noted that many Jews seem unable to see Christ in the Law–he says it’s because they have a veil over their minds. For him the Exodus passage is an explanation for their stubbornness. He doesn’t interpret it literally–that’s always dangerous when dealing with scripture–but out of the old he brings something new. The old text shines a light on what had been happening as he preached and taught. Gifted pastors and teachers are still using scripture in that fashion. Because it is our book of faith, they know it well, and understand the context in which it was written. And by getting into the mind of the writer they can, as the Spirit inspires them, offer direction and hope for life in the present. They believe that these ancient passages are alive with insights about God’s involvement in daily living. Through their words, the veil is lifted and even people living in the 21st century are led to see Christ in every part of scripture.

Thought for the Day: What’s the point of studying the bible?

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